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Misawa serviceman's car crashes, owner denies responsibility

TOKYO — Police are investigating who was at the wheel when a car owned by an American serviceman at Misawa Air Base missed a curve and crashed into the wall of a local home around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

A police spokesman in Hachinohe city said Monday the car damaged a telephone pole and that debris from the wall impact broke a window in the house in the city’s Nukazuka area.

No driver was found when police arrived, the spokesman said. Japanese newspapers reported that the car’s owner told police he was not driving at the time of the accident.

All U.S. servicemembers in Japan have been under an 11 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew since October following the alleged gang rape of a woman on Okinawa by two U.S. sailors.

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